FAMANZ Board Candidate Information 2021

Philip Hibbs

Philip Hibbs

BSc, GDOH, FAIOH, MNZOHS, MFAMANZ, MFAAM Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH)®

I am an Occupational Hygienist of 35+ years’ experience.  My specialist area of interest and expertise is the identification, assessment, management, and remediation of asbestos and asbestos containing materials and, increasingly, naturally occurring asbestos and elongate mineral particles.  I am a founding director of FAMANZ and, if re-elected, my aim is to continue to: 

  • promote FAMANZ and its objectives, including:
    • advance industry knowledge and understanding of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation;
    • improve the practice of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation and the knowledge, competence and standing of its practitioners;
    • advance education and training in relation to asbestos assessment, management, and remediation;
    • encourage and promote research into the assessment and management of asbestos and asbestos related diseases;
    • disseminate information, knowledge and research findings relating to the assessment, management, and remediation of asbestos;
    • promote the profession of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation; and
  • promote FAMANZ with the objective to grow its membership and increase its regional influence and network
  • identify and negotiate support from appropriate sponsors
  • identify and negotiate suitable arrangements with kindred associations that have common aims and goals

In addition to my other responsibilities to FAMANZ, I am the Faculty’s representative to the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment – Commission 39 Naturally Occurring Asbestos and the Elongate Mineral Particles.  I also Chair the National Accreditation Recognition Committee of the International Occupational Hygiene Association. 

Samuel Jackson

Samuel Jackson

Samuel has extensive experience in asbestos and hazardous materials management, deep industry knowledge and understanding of regulatory compliance. He is ready to be involved with a board and organisation where he can deliver value through his technical expertise and operational understanding. Samuel’s professional experience and education places him in a position to positively contribute to the FAMANZ board and the organisation to achieve its mission and goals. His experience and knowledge in several key areas supports a Board role and his current Director studies demonstrates his ability to contribute to the success of FAMANZ.

Samuel is currently a hands-on Director of two hazardous materials contracting companies being Thuroona Services and Hazrad Australia. Thuroona Services is a Class A (Unrestricted) asbestos removal the company, with Samuel as the nominated asbestos licence holder.

In collaboration with industry teams, Samuel has executed strategies to deliver innovative processes across Australia. In many cases, working alongside the relevant government departments and agencies has been integral to a successful outcome particularly in complex emergency response events such as bushfires, storm, and cyclone recovery.

To the FAMANZ board Samuel offer’s technical expertise and true understanding, passion, and enthusiasm. He is committed to undertaking industry best practice in complex asbestos removal methodology, training and working alongside other removalists and consultants to lift standards across the asbestos industry

Jason K Milner

Jason K Milner

CoC Asbestos, MFAMANZ, MFAAM, P401, P402, P403, P404, P405, P408. Principal Advisor Asbestos at Waitematā District Health Board.

I am an integral part of the Facilities Services Group Team at Waitematā District Health Board. I have had the opportunity of working within the Asbestos consultancy industry since 2004. This experience includes asbestos surveying, analytical / Licenced Asbestos Assessing, asbestos training provider, project management of extensive asbestos removal works projects and refurbishments which includes asbestos removal scoping and tender procurement.

I have extensive experience in regards to asbestos management compliance strategies within the NHS / DHB (Health sector), Public sector and large blue chip corporations since 2004.

I am a Full Risk Management Member of the Faculty of Asbestos Management for Australia and New Zealand (MFAMANZ) and listed on the Worksafe New Zealand Licence holder register as a Licenced Asbestos Assessor. I am also a Full Member of the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (MFAAM). FAAM is a faculty founded by BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society).

My qualifications are:

  • Certificate of Competence in Asbestos – CoCA (CCP) (BOHS)
  • P401 Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples (BOHS)
    • P402 Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings (BOHS)
    • P403 Asbestos Fibre Counting (BOHS)
    • P404 Air Sampling of Asbestos and MMMF and Requirements for a Certificate of Reoccupation following the Clearance of Asbestos (BOHS)
    • P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings (BOHS)
    • P408 Identification and Quantification of Asbestos in Soils by Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) and Polarised Light Microscopy (PLM) (BOHS).

Becoming a director on the board of FAMANZ would be an exciting opportunity. I feel that my extensive knowledge and experience within the asbestos sector would benefit FAMANZ as we strive as a team to improve the asbestos industry within Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

My main reason for nomination to the board is to improve the industry in New Zealand and Australia.

I’ve been working in the Asbestos and demolition industry for 16 years, 4 of which have been in New Zealand. In the 4 years I have seen a plethora of projects, including small residential works to large, complex commercial and industrial projects. The understanding across the industry in New Zealand is extremely varied and to be honest still behind where we should be. We are looking at a country who only formulated legislation in 2016 so we are still (arguably) in the learning phase.

I would like to see FAMANZ take the lead in providing best practice for the asbestos industry, especially where the ACOP is ambiguous and we- as a board see an opportunity to improve. For example clarification around decontamination, calculating required air movements for enclosures etc.

I would also like to see the asbestos and demolition industries to by recognised as a bona-fide trade which would require the implication of training, industry recognised qualifications and CPD. FAMANZ could be instrumental in assisting with this development

I feel I have both the qualifications (albeit gained in the UK) and industry experience to provide practical, concise and legislative correct advice and guidance to the board from a contracting point of view.

Jackii Shepherd

Jackii Shepherd

I have worked in WHS for over 10 years, and I am passionate about protecting health and nurturing up-and-coming WHS professionals. I am a full member of FAMANZ, AIOH and ACTRA and I bring a background in science, public health, WHS regulatory operations and policy development to this role. I am newly experienced volunteering my time on a board of a not-for-profit organisation and I am keen to practise my skills to continue to guide FAMANZ as a sustainable, ethical and high performing organisation.

FAMANZ and its members fill the significant gap of bringing asbestos experts together and promoting and improving asbestos assessment, management and remediation to the Australian community. As asbestos and allied professionals, we are critical in protecting workers and the community from the effects of asbestos exposure. I joined FAMANZ to continue the asbestos management conversation and be a part of a solution to a problem that has had such a significant impact on Australian workers and communities.

I applied for the position of Director with FAMANZ to both continue and build upon the outstanding work that the inaugural Board has achieved. I want to continue the strong advocacy role of the organisation and to promote the expertise and innovation of Australian and New Zealand’s asbestos professionals and practitioners on the international stage.

 Unlock your asbestos business full potential

FAMANZ will work in conjunction with allied industry societies, regulators, government, and the community in Australia and New Zealand to raise the professional and ethical standards of professionals providing services to the asbestos management industry.

Our vision is to:

Minimise exposures to airborne respirable asbestos fibres for workers and the general public in Australia and New Zealand.

Pursue excellence for all those who practise in the asbestos assessment, management, and abatement professions;

Establish, develop and maintain standards of competence in asbestos assessment, management, and abatement for those who are members of FAMANZ

Act as the guardian of professional standards and ethics in the profession of asbestos assessment, management, and abatement.

Advancing Industry Knowledge

FAMANZ offers comprehensive courses to assist in the transfer of knowledge about all aspects of asbestos through training sessions online and in person.

Improve the practice of asbestos assessment

Information sessions and online resources are made available to our members to help improve the practice of asbestos assessment.


Encourage and Promote Research

Faculty of Asbestos Management of Australia & New Zealand can help you and your company grow with correct research procedures and processes.


FAMANZ strives to be the leading representative for the asbestos industry through training, knowledge, research, assistance and much more.

Who is FAMANZ for?

occupational hygienists, asbestos removal contractors, environmental consultants, asbestos assessors / surveyors, property managers, demolition contractors, recycling industry operators, disposal contractors, suppliers, and allied industries.

Online Training Resources

IP402 International Proficiency Qualification

Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings

IP403 International Proficiency Qualification

Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM)

IP405 International Proficiency Qualification

Management of Asbestos in Buildings

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Making our industry healthier and safer for everyone is an extensive task. In becoming a sponsor of the Faculty of Asbestos Management of Australia & New Zealand you and your company can become a force for change in our ever expanding industry.

Making a difference across every sector of the asbestos management cycle our sponsorship will help ensure our industry is the safest in the world.

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